Williamson holds firm, but Sri Lanka continues to fight

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New Zealand is 142 for 5 on day three, needs 47 more runs to win, after pacers restrict visiting side to 133 Stellar performances from Kane Williamson and Tim Southee helped New Zealand edge ahead of Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday (December 20).New Zealand was 142 for 5 at the close of play and needs 47 runs more to seal the Test and the series, but the match remains fascinatingly poised. Till just before lunch, a New Zealand victory seemed a difficult task when Sri Lanka was 126 runs ahead with all second innings wickets in hand. However, the tables turned when the visiting side lost ten wickets for 62 runs…. Read More →

Chameera five-for puts Sri Lanka on top

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New Zealand finishes second day of final Test at 232 for 9, trailing by 60 runs after visiting side posts 292 Dushmantha Chameera celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor. Sri Lanka was primed to take the lead after a Dushmantha Chameera burst helped it reduce New Zealand to 232 for 9, a deficit of 60, on the second day of the final Test in Hamilton on Saturday (December 19).Chameera claimed his maiden five-wicket haul and ended the day with 5 for 47 as New Zealand collapsed from a seemingly secure position of 81 without loss after bowling Sri Lanka out for 292 in the morning. At stumps, Doug Bracewell was unbeaten on 30, having put on 31 for the ninth… Read More →

Kulasekara replaces Prasad in ODI squad

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Media Release The National Selection Committee of SLC has made the following changes to the Sri Lanka Team for the upcoming ODI series in New Zealand. > Nuwan Kulasekera replaces injured Dammika Prasad > Kithruwan Vithanage has been named as replacement for Kusal Janith Perera Thisara Perera has been drafted in as cover for Lasith Malinga in the ODI squad.  Lasith will undergo a fitness test to determine his recovery from a knee injury which he picked up during the tour of the West Indies.  A final decision on Lasith Malinga’s  participation in the series shall be taken once the fitness test is concluded. The Hon. Sports Minister has approved the above changes to the ODI squad.

New Zealand squad for the opening three ODIs

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BLACKCAPS squad for the opening three ANZ ODIs   Brendon McCullum (captain) Doug Bracewell Martin Guptill Matt Henry (opening two ODIs)* Mitchell McClenaghan Adam Milne Henry Nicholls Luke Ronchi Mitchell Santner Ish Sodhi Ross Taylor Kane Williamson George Worker *Tim Southee will join squad for third ANZ ODI The squad of 13 will play the first of two fixtures at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Boxing Day, before playing in Nelson on New Year’s Eve. Trent Boult will be rested for all three matches, while Tim Southee will replace Matt Henry when the team heads to Nelson. Grant Elliott and Nathan McCullum were not considered due to injury. Twenty-four-year-old Nicholls, who was born and bred in Canterbury, was the second… Read More →

Under 19: Fourth successive win for India

Virat Singh and Washington Sundar struck half centuries as India Under-19s defeated Sri Lanka Under-19s by four wickets to record their fourth successive win in the tri-nation cricket tournament here on Thursday. India U-19s 223 for 6 (Sundar 61, Virat 60*, Kumara 2-33) beat  Sri Lanka U-19s (Bandara 74, Mendis 65, Ahmed 4-55) by four wickets

Under 19: Pant helps India beat England

Top-order batsmen made it count as India Under-19 stretched their unbeaten run to three matches after outplaying England colts by 20 runs in the tri-series youth cricket ODI here on Tuesday. Brief Scores India Under-19: 261 all out in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 71, Himanshu Rana 50; Mason Crane 3/51) v England Under-19: 241 all out in 49.3 overs (George Barlett 70, Dan Lawrence 55; Mayank Dagar 3/27, Rahul Batham 3/24). Result: India Under-19 beat England Under-19 by 20 runs

Asian Cricket Council Center of Excellence

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ACC Media Release The Asian Cricket Council is delighted to announce a milestone, in its  history of over three decades, in establishing an ACC Center of Excellence in Dharamshala, India. This Center of Excellence will be housed in the Dharamshala Cricket Facility. The President of the ACC, Mr.Sidath Wettimuny said “This will be a significant move in the effort of making the ACC a more dynamic, vibrant and robust body, which will help rapidly promote & develop the sport of cricket in the Asian region.   We are deeply appreciative and grateful to the BCCI & HPCA for allowing the ACC to use this stunning Cricket Facility in Dharamshala.” The Hon. Secretary of BCCI Mr. Anurag Thakur said “I am very… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka beat England by 52 runs

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England Under 19 suffered their second consecutive defeat as Sri Lankan juniors led by Charith Asalanka’s all-round performances beat them by 52 runs in their Tri-Nation match played at R. Premadasa International Stadium on Monday. Brief Scores Sri Lanka U19 – 191 all out in 49.1 overs: Charith Asalanka 48, Sammu Ashan 38, Brad Taylor 4/34, Mason Crane 2/38, Ben Green 2/20. England U19 – 139 all out in 38.3 overs: Jack Burnham 32, Haseeb Hammed 20, Ryan Davies 28, Damith Silva 2/38, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/22, Kamindu Mendis 1/15, Charith Asalanka 1/21. England  U19 will take on India U19 tomorrow (15th Dec) at R Premadasa and Sri Lanka U19s will next take on India U19 on 17th December also n at R. Premadasa… Read More →

New Zealand eases to big win

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Wagner strikes telling blows as Sri Lanka is bowled out for 282 to go down by 122 runs New Zealand coasted to a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth day of the first Test in Dunedin, bowling out the visitor for 282 in its chase of 405 on Monday (December 14) at the University Oval. After Brendon McCullum’s second-innings declaration at 267 for 3, Sri Lanka had more than five sessions to reach its target, but had lost three wickets before close of play on the fourth day. Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews resumed the fifth morning – which began a half hour early to make up time lost due to rain breaks on Sunday – on 109 for 3, 296 runs… Read More →

Rain hampers New Zealand push for victory

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Sri Lanka ends fourth day of Dunedin Test at 109/3, still 296 away from what would be an epic win Tim Southee took two wickets as New Zealand tightened the screws on Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test between the two teams on Sunday (December 13), but rain threatened to derail its victory march.Brendon McCullum set the stage for a tantalising conclusion at Dunedin’s University Oval with a declaration that offered Sri Lanka more than five sessions to reach a 405-run target. But Sri Lanka’s response was disrupted by three stoppages as southerly squalls swept across the ground. Further showers are forecast for the final day. At stumps on the fourth day, with an hour’s play… Read More →

Under 19: Amandeep’s century leads India to narrow win

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A century from Amandeep Khare laid the platform for India Under-19 to wrap up a four-run D/L win over Sri Lanka Under-19 at the R Premadasa Stadium. Batting first, India colts scored 284 for seven in 50 overs with Amandeep scoring 102 off 98 balls. In reply Sri Lanka managed 250 for five after their revised victory target was set at 255 in 47 overs. Brief Scores: India 284/7 (Amandeep Khare 102, Washington Sundar 77, Asitha Fernando 3/54) Sri Lanka (Revised target 255) 250/5 in 47 overs (Avishka fernando 75, Charith Asalanka 74, rahul Batham 2/32). India won by 4 runs via D/L method.

Black Caps extend their advantage to 308 runs

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New Zealand made significant strides by the end of the third day’s play in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, stretching its lead to 308 runs at the University Oval on Saturday (December 12). Sri Lanka was bowled out for 294, a deficit of 137 runs, in its first innings, before New Zealand ended the day at 171 for 1, with Tom Latham (72) and Kane Williamson (46) accompanying each other at the close. During the course of his unbeaten 82-ball knock, Williamson joined the elite 1000 runs-a-year club, bringing up the milestone in style by driving Rangana Herath to the mid-off boundary. England’s Alastair Cook and Joe Root, and Australia’s David Warner and Steve Smith are the only other… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka, India, England Tri-Series kicks off at R. Premadasa

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The Under-19 Tri-Nation Cricket Tournament played among hosts Sri Lanka, India and England commenced at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today (11). England Under-19s were beaten by India in their opening game in the Sri Lankan Tri-Series in Colombo. India Under-19s 254 for 7 in 34 overs (Sarfaraz 84, Anmolpreet 56, Green 3-28) beat England Under-19s 159 for 9 in 29 overs (Lawrence 55, Lomror 4-10) by 86 runs (D/L method) India play Sri Lanka in the second game of the tournament tomorrow, with England’s next match against the hosts on Monday.

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 schedule announced

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58 men’s and women’s matches to be played at eight venues from 8 March to 3 April; Mumbai and New Delhi to stage semi-finals while Kolkata to stage finals. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups and schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be staged across eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches, will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semi-finals on 30 and 31 March, respectively, while Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue of the… Read More →